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Sara Swan has over two decades of experience in special education. Swan found schools were very system-centered, emphasizing a collegiate-focused model that might not be right for everyone.

Readers, you voted for your favorite businesses in a bunch of fun categories this year, from restaurants to doggy daycares to fitness spots.

Photographers work hard to capture great shots, indelible images; advances in technology have helped make those  aspirations a bit easier. And Chris Kieger with his photo, Relay for Life 2017, is a wonderful example of how impactful those shots can be when art and technology meet.

Partial solar eclipses are rare. But the mother of all eclipses, a total eclipse of the sun, and one that can be witnessed by the whole of the United States, well, that’s downright historic.

The town of White Bear was formed in 1858, as Minnesota became a state. The village of White Bear was incorporated out of the town in 1881, and within just a few years, both had formed a Board of Health.

Hockey is one of America’s favorite pastimes. And local hockey player/amateur photographer, Chris Kieger, shows us what hockey means to him by flying his drone over the North Campus.

It was February when Monica Russell was walking back to her car from the 2016 Art Shanties Project on the White Bear Lake Ramsey County Beach. From a distance, she looked back at the event that harbored artists’ talent in an unusual environment.

It’s hard to oversell the transformative power of a day at the salon; we all know that feeling of renewed confidence and verve a new cut or fresh color can impart. Sadly, for many women, this experience is one of the things cancer takes from them.

It was an early, mid-October morning when Ron Hawkins ventured out to Tamarack Nature Center. With the changing seasons, nature transforms Tamarack into a landscape different from the last. “It becomes a brand new place to visit,” Hawkins says.

On an early autumn morning, Ron Hawkins took his Canon PowerShot by the water at Tamarack Nature Center. The result was a series of shots that captured the beauty of fall—a collage of reds and umbers. While Hawkins goes to Tamarack regularly, the photo shoot made that one trip rewarding.

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